Caution with cats
*Due to their unique grooming habits, in rare cases we’ve found that some cats are sensitive to the stronger cedar scent of Tickshield. Because of this, we recommend using Cedarcide Original instead of Tickshield
when applying a solution directly to your cat.
How Are Cedarcide and Ticksheild Different?
Tickshield is simply an extra strength version of Cedarcide Original insecticide & repellent.
Who Should Buy Cedarcide Original?
Those looking for general indoor insect control, and those in need of an everyday biting insect spray for either themselves or their pets.
Who Should Buy Tickshield?
Those who require extra strength insect protection—think hikers, campers, fishermen, and other outdoors-man. Tickshield is also an ideal insect repellent for larger pets, such as large dogs (20+ lbs.) and horses.
Fascinating Flea and Tick Facts
Fleas and ticks are horrible, annoying pests. They're hard to get rid of, hard to live with, and just downright weird. Think about: They suck your blood, so they're basically vampires, and when you look at them under a microscope, they look like aliens or some kind of twisted mutants. Turns out, the more research you do, the stranger they get. From amazing super powers to disgusting lifestyle habits.
Here's are a few fascinating flea and tick facts you might not know.
Ticks Use Glue to Stick to You
Ever wonder why ticks are so good at sticking to their hosts? The answer is glue, or something very much like it. When a tick climbs onto a host to feed, their mouth secretes a liquid-concrete-like material called cementum. This same material helps the tick create a barbed feeding tube, making them even harder to remove. A tick’s saliva also contains a numbing agent with anti-inflammatory properties, which allows the parasite to feed unnoticed.
Fleas and Ticks Use Your Pet Like a Toilet
Fleas and ticks create a lot of waste when they eat. And because they feed on your pet's body, guess where all that feces goes? You guessed it: Your pet. All those tiny black dots you see in your dog’s coat right around the bite site, yeah...that’s poop. Fleas produce tons of feces for their size, so much so that it’s actually the flea larvae’s primary source of food. Tick poop, while equally gross, is far more dangerous, as it can contain bacteria that spread Lyme disease.
They Can Go Months Without Eating
One of the reasons fleas and ticks are so hard to control is because they've evolved to be extremely durable organisms. One feature of this durability is that both parasites can survive extended periods without food. Fleas are known to go up to 100 days between blood meals (flea pupae up to a year), whereas ticks are said to be capable of going several years without feeding.
These Parasites Carry Their Own Parasites
When fleas infest your pet’s fur, they’re bringing some nasty friends along with them. Did you know a single flea can carry upwards of 150 parasitic mites? These mites transmit everything from tapeworms and bacteria to diseases such as typhus and cat scratch fever.